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W&M among ‘America’s Top Colleges’

William & Mary is among the country’s top universities, according to rankings released by Forbes on Aug. 1.

In the “America’s Top Colleges” guide to 650 undergraduate institutions, the College is the second-highest ranked state-supported school in the country. The university comes in at fourth among the country’s public universities (including military institutions) and 40th overall, up from 49th last year. William & Mary is also 21st among research universities on the list.

According to the Forbes website, the annual rankings are compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. They are based on five areas: post graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rates and competitive awards.

Only two state-supported schools ranked in the top 50 of the annual report, and both are located in Virginia: William & Mary and the University of Virginia, which was ranked at 36th. The other three public institutions that made the top 50 are all military-related, with the United States Military Academy coming in at seventh, the United States Air Force Academy at 35th and the United States Naval Academy at 43rd.

The complete rankings may be found online at www.forbes.com/top-colleges. They will also appear in the Aug. 20 issue of Forbes Magazine.

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W&M Real Estate Foundation to break ground on Tribe Square

by Brian Whitson/ William & Mary

The William and Mary Real Estate Foundation board will join President Taylor Reveley, Mayor Jeanne Zeidler, and other College and city officials June 15 to officially break ground on a building that will soon bring much-needed student retail and housing close to campus.

The groundbreaking for the building – to be called Tribe Square – will take place at 10 a.m. at the site on Richmond Road next to the Wawa store.  When complete, the $6.5 million building will be home to 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 14 apartments that will house 56 W&M students.

Tribe Square Tribe Square, officials said, is designed to address two key concerns: a desire for more student oriented retail and dining options near campus and the need for additional College-operated housing for William & Mary undergraduates.

The William and Mary Real Estate Foundation has been working with the College to identify student retail options closer to campus. The Real Estate Foundation also worked closely with city officials throughout the planning for the project, which is scheduled to be completed by fall 2011.

The design calls for a first floor dedicated to retail space, including restaurants with outdoor seating.  The parking lot behind the building will be accessed from Scotland Street.  A breezeway will allow access to Richmond Road directly from the lot, which will be reserved for retail patrons. The building’s top two floors will include apartments for William & Mary upperclassmen. The housing will be managed by the College’s Office of Residence Life. Brick sidewalks and landscaping will surround the building.

Tribe Square has been several years in the making. Two years ago, the Real Estate Foundation acquired properties on Richmond Road, including the Taylor Building and the former Master Craftsman site. Both are adjacent to the College-owned Thiemes House property, which William & Mary’s human resources offices recently vacated. The three properties are on a site of approximately one acre that will be cleared for the new mixed-use retail and student housing building. Williamsburg City Council approved the rezoning of the Tribe Square site at their meeting in April. 

The William and Mary Real Estate Foundation was established in 2006 to acquire, hold, manage, sell, lease, and participate in the development of real estate properties in support of the educational goals of the College.

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Brokaw to speak at W&M commencement

tombrokawwilliamsburgLongtime “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw, one of the most highly regarded figures in broadcast journalism, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the main address at the College of William & Mary Commencement Exercises on May 17, 2009 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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